I attended the Sixth Annual Statewide Conference for Collaborative Practice California in San Diego from April 29 - May 1, 2011. The Conference was held at a terrific venue, the speakers were amazing and I met other collaborative divorce professionals. On the last day of the Conference, I met a psychologist who was not a collaborative divorce professional, but who attended the event out of curiosity and because her closest friend is a collaborative law practitioner. During a table discussion, she commented that while Collaborative Divorce and other forms of consentual dispute resolution seem like terrific options to a litigated divorce, she refers her patients to hard core litigators because she wants to make sure that their "rights are protected." She felt that the only way for a person going through a divorce to be protected is with the assistance of a " pit bull attorney."